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The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 ended a Great War, but it also designed the post-war future. In 1919, world leaders assembled in Paris redrew the map of the world, partitioned and created countries, and ushered in a new era of international relations. The naivety of the peace-makers of 1919 has been justly criticised. However, in setting up a permanent ‘world organisation’, the League of Nations, they changed the management of world affairs forever.
Produced in collaboration with the BBC, this three-week course will let you retrace the steps of those who took those momentous decisions almost a century ago, and to get a sense for the consequences of their decisions. You’ll have a chance to assess how, over the past century, world organisations (first the League of Nations, then the United Nations) have become a forum for international cooperation. And you’ll be encouraged to debate many of the issues that have vexed international politics since then.
To find our more, read Christian J. Tams’s post for our blog: “From Islamic State to Ebola: how 1919’s Paris Peace Conference still shapes world affairs.”
This course is part of a series designed in partnership with the BBC to commemorate the war.
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completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The course, while rather cursory, gave an excellent overview of some of the motivations behind the various treaties that followed on the end of WWI. In particular, I learned a lot about the League of Nations and how the lesson learned by the League shaped the United Nations.